How do Lesser Kestrels cope with the heat?

Jul 19, 2023
Like all living beings, the Lesser Kestrel doesn’t cope well with high temperatures.
These little falcons do not feel comfortable in the heat in our country lately, although they are birds that “chase” the warmth and prefer to live at higher temperatures - their migration route takes them all the way to Nigeria.
In the hottest summer days, the Lesser Kestrels are active only early in the morning and at dusk. At these times they fly in the sky in search of food or visit the place for artificial food provision in the Sakar village of Levka. The rest of the time, the falcons rest.

From the pictures taken by the team of project “Life for Lesser Kestrel” LIFE19 NAT/BG/001017, implemented by Green Balkans and funded by the programme LIFE of EU, over the years, we see how during the day the Lesser Kestrels prefer to stay in the shade, and if there is water nearby - they gladly take a bath and drink to their heart's content.

And this happens not only in the nature, but also in the aviary of Wildlife Rehabilitation and Breeding Centre - Green Balkans – home of another Lesser Kestrel colony.